Can you be a victim of your own optimism?

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I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone acts at his highest potential.  I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time(sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness.  Many times in romance, I have been a victim of my own optimism.  – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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